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9 ancient traditions of Spring in Scotland

Today marks the Spring equinox when the sun heads north over the celestial equator to bring a new season of life and light following the long winter months.

In pictures: The TripAdvisor reviewers who hated Edinburgh

In pictures: The TripAdvisor reviewers who hated Edinburgh

AS the old saying goes, if you’ve got nothing nice to say then perhaps it’s best to say nothing at all. However, just try telling that to these TripAdvisor users...


In pictures: Polar bear cub born in Highlands makes first appearance

The first polar bear cub born in Britain in 25 years has made its first public appearance at its Highland home.

The Maid of the Loch has been moored since 1981. 'PIC: Allan Milligan/TSPL.

Maid of the Loch paddle steamer gets funding lifeline

The 1950s Loch Lomond paddle steamer the Maid of the Loch looks set to sail again.

Pages of The Book of Deer which shows the Latin gospel text and Scottish Gaelic written in the margin. PIC: Courtesy of The Book of Deer Project.

Archaeologists return to site of ‘lost Pictish monastery’

Archaeologists are to return to the potential site of a lost Pictish monastery where Scottish Gaelic was written down for the first time.

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The Honourable Mrs Gordon of Fyvie, painted in '1822 by James Giles, now hangs in Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire. PIC: NTS.

Lost portrait of maid who became lady of castle goes on show

A forgotten portrait of a scullery maid who joined the gentry after marrying her master is to go on show for the first time.


In Pictures: Remembering Edinburgh’s lost sweet shops

The sweet shop was one of the great cultural phenomena of the 20th century.

Duke and Duchess of Rothesay at the Mey Games in Caithness, Scotland.  PIC: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.

Pupils get tossing the caber lessons in Prince pilot

Tossing the caber and tug-of-war are to be taught in schools after the Prince of Wales backed a project to encourage more young people to compete in Highland Games.


10 words you’ll only know if you went to school in Scotland

No matter what age you are, if you attended school in Scotland you’re guaranteed to be familiar with these Scottish slang terms.

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Ramsay McGhee, depute grand master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Photograph: Graham Hunter

Masons turn to students in bid to boost membership

For more than four centuries, its ways have been shrouded in secrecy, known only to a band of brothers which has included no fewer than five monarchs and the likes of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

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Reeds growing in the shallow waters of Loch Leven NNR.'PIC: Lorne Gill/SNH.

Scottish loch looks to top nature prize after deep clean

A loch which was blighted by a toxic algae bloom in the 1990s has now made the shortlist for a prestigious European nature prize after years to work to improve the water quality.

Service of Reinternment of the remains of victims of the 1645 plague of Leith, at Rosebank Cemetery'', Wullie Marr Photography

Leith pupils hold memorial for plague victims found below playground

PUPILS at a Leith school have held a memorial service to pay tribute to dozens of plague victims whose remains were discovered below their playground.

Sueno's Stone is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland and stands over 6.5 metres high. Picture: Wikicommons

How laser technology is solving the secrets of Pictish stones

Cutting-edge laser technology is being used to reveal the secrets of some of the country’s most mysterious ancient monuments.

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Map maker John Ian Bartholomew at his desk in Edinburgh in 1952 who assisted in the work of intelligence branch MI9 during World War Two. PIC: TSPL.

The secret silk WWII escape plans of an Edinburgh map maker

They were printed on silk and hidden in the smallest of places, then smuggled into Prisoner of War camps during Word War Two to assist the escape plans of captured British men.

Archivist Rachael Jones discovered the letters as part of the digitisation of the GSA's archives and collections. Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow School of Art rediscovers Victorian letters from cultural greats

They offer a window into the world of the European art elite in the late 19th century and how one Scottish city played an increasingly important part in it.

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A ruined croft near Crossbost on the Isle of Lewis (Picture: Ian Rutherford)

Brian Wilson: Highland Clearances must not be erased from history

I was in Portree this week for the funeral of the artist Tommy Mackenzie, whose wonderful etchings of the Skye landscape adorn the walls of homes and offices around the world.

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Windwick Bay at South Ronaldsay, close to the site of the massive cliff top feast held more than 1,700 years ago. PIC:

Site of huge Iron Age feast celebration found on Orkney

Archaeologists have identified the site of a huge Iron Age feast on Orkney where more than 10,000 animals were cooked and eaten in a vast cliff top celebration.

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In pictures: First sneak peek at Edinburgh’s revamped Ross Fountain

The first sections of Edinburgh’s Ross Fountain have returned to their rightful berth in the city’s West Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic structure sporting a brand new bluish-green and copper coloured coat.


‘We can’t stop Culloden homes,’ says Scottish Government

The original decision to allow 16 homes to be built on the edge of Culloden Battlefield cannot be reviewed, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

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In pictures: The luxury eco resort planned for Skye

It has been inspired by the luxury resorts of the Caribbean and Thailand - and will be built on the Isle of Skye.

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